Location: Cole Valley, San Francisco, California
Before we lived in Cole Valley we lived six blocks north in the Upper Haight neighborhood. Like a lot of San Francisco homes our apartment was vulnerable to the dampness of living in the western part of the city and we incurred a horrific mold outbreak. It's hard for a home to feel like a home when you can't even hang pictures on the walls. But our forced move turned out to be serendipitous- Cole Valley was where we were supposed to be all along! We fell in love here, got engaged here, and married here (all within a 7 block radius of our apartment!).
Everything in our home has been acquired over time. I came to San Francisco with four suitcases and Alec, my husband, came with his mattress and TV, so it's crazy how we have cultivated such a grown up place in just a few short years! But what I'm most proud of is that we've done it all on a budget. Our wedding at the Randall Museum was featured on Style Me Pretty for having great style on a small budget and I hope our home reflects that as well. Many items were found on Craigslist, from the Alameda Flea Market, DIY’d, or art from friends- it's been a true labor of love, pieced together over the years.
Our Style: Organized, Classic, Modern with a touch of whimsy- on a budget.
Biggest Challenge: There isn't one right angle in the whole place which makes it nearly impossible to hang a picture straight. And our apartment runs really hot as we're over the boiler for the whole building. Even if no one opens their radiators it's always 72 degrees- we have to remind friends to leave their wool sweaters at home whilst they melt.
Biggest Embarrassment: We still haven't bought curtains...
What Friends Say: This place is huge! Followed by- when are you guys going to move to Oakland so I can move in? (Seriously- we have a list).
Proudest DIY: The cabinet under the sink in the kitchen. It was just brown plywood before and I painted it and added the hardware and the molding. It instantly brightened up the room. And the nightstands in our bedroom- it was my first time staining and I realized very quickly why those projects are meant for people to do in a garage and not in their living room.
Biggest Indulgence: You mean aside from living in San Francisco?! Framing all of our artwork. But absolutely worth it. You can never have too much art or too many books.
Best Advice: Design is never done. We've been living here four years and we change things all the time- it evolves as we do.
Dream Sources: Anything from Charles and Ray Eames, Lilly Pulitzer, and Jonathan Adler. Their style is classic, but fun- it's the kind of stuff that makes you feel happy.
Inspiration: Our travels, Pinterest, Instagram, Design Sponge/ SFgirlbyBay, my friends!
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